Sagna: French influence convinced me about Arsenal

Bakari Sagna is delighted to have completed his move to Arsenal.

The former Auxerre fullback joined the Gunners yesterday and manager Arsene Wenger told arsenal.com: "We are delighted to have signed Bakari Sagna.

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"He is a very capable defender and has played consistently well for Auxerre in recent seasons.

"He plays mainly at right-back, but can also play along the defence or in midfield. He is strong, quick and enjoys defending but also has a good offensive side to his game.

"He has a fighting spirit and will be a very good addition to our squad."

Sagna himself was understandably pleased to have finally sealed his move.

"It is great to be joining Arsenal and I'm excited to be playing alongside many great players," he said.

"I know Abou Diaby from our time together at Auxerre and also Gael Clichy and Mathieu Flamini from the French Under 21 team.

"Also Arsene Wenger is a major reason why I have signed for Arsenal. He is an excellent manager with a fantastic record and I am really looking forward to working with him.

"I'm also looking forward to playing at Emirates Stadium and winning trophies for the club and all the supporters."

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